Level 2 maker badge:
Find sources about the specific thing you want to make. Get as much information about it as you can. Use at least five credible sources. At least two of these sources must be academic or trade sources found via URI library research. Using MLA format, include both in-text citations and a works cited list of sources. Write a 800-1,000-word mini-essay that discusses all of the following questions:
What are the components of this thing? Where do they come from? (For example, if you’re making a cake, find out how flour is made.)
What is the history of the thing you want to make? (When was the first cake made? Why? What were key historical moments?)
What is the social, political, environmental, and/or cultural importance of the thing (again, take the cake, so to speak: Marie Antoinette might have kept her head, if she hadn’t mentioned that cake thing!). How do people use/consume this thing?
Cite all sources in MLA format.